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SA-Dakar Rally: Magnaldi, Patissier and Jihong "last defenders" for Dessoude.





Team Dessoude is still in the race, even if, unfortunately, the retirement of the Atacama prototype was confirmed. This time, the fight is on in the Two-Wheel Drive category reserved for Buggies, and the Dessoude teams are definitely not just onlookers.

The gaps are coming down, and the next special stages will determine who is on the final podium! At the end of tuesday’s stage, Thierry Magnaldi and Francois Borsotto got into the Top 20. As far as Jihong Zhou and Isabelle Patissier are concerned, they are maintaining a high pace and are not far behind.

Three Dessoude teams are still in the event have nerves of steel and the pace has significantly increased. The bad news of the day for Teamchef André Dessoude was obviously the retirement of the Mitsubishi/Nissan Atacama prototype of Frédéric Chavigny and Jean Brucy. With a broken front axle yesterday, they were not able to reach the finish line.

André Dessoude analysed these technical problems with difficulty: "The cars were all fully overhauled and of course the axles were checked, so I find it hard to explain this mechanical failure. We will have to take some time and have a deeper look. This evening, the atmosphere in the team is electric, as the drivers enjoyed themselves today, while increasing the rhythm. The next stages will be thrilling."

Isabelle Patissier and Thierry Delli Zotti (21st, + 07:55:34) were radiant at the end of the stage. After last year, when they missed out on the big descent that they did in the dark, they were able to fully appreciate it this time.

"Although the first part of the stage was not particularly good" said Patissier. "With rocks and so much fesh fesh that at one point I could not even see Thierry in the cockpit, the second was very interesting, and we really let ourselves go. As for the descent of the great dune, with the Pacific Ocean on the horizon, it was quite magical! As far as the performance is concerned, we are on the pace. Tomorrow it’s going to be hot out there!"

French "Legend" Thierry Magnaldi is also smiling again: "Once again, we were rather thrown around in the first part of the stage, which was not very interesting, with some sections that were rather unpleasant. However, the second part was a real treat, and we saw a fine fight between the buggies. On our side, there were no punctures, and we had chosen the right settings. The last 60 km, it was really war out there: Lots of driving, blind corners, jumps and this totally crazy descent at over 150km/h! Tomorrow will be a crucial day, but this time, we are well and truly on our way ."

The Chinese rookie JIhong Zhou and his co-driver Lia Min once again reached the finish line this evening. For a totally new crew on the Dakar, the place they have in the overall classification (25th, +09:21:40) is a real achievement. It is even more significant that they are fighting with a number of veterans of the sport.

But Jihong is not one to get emotional about these things; he prefers to appreciate the beauty of each passing day on the Dakar: "This was another difficult special stage, and we had our share of problems, but the final descent of the great dune, which ends at the Pacific Ocean, is quite possibly the craziest thing that we have done. At one point we looked at each other in the cockpit to ask ourselves if it was really a reasonable thing to do, and then we chose not to look at the speedometer and just to dive down!"

2012/01/11 | 15:13 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/DESSOUDE











SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place. | 10.04.2012 16:11 |




SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




SA-Dakar 2012: New rally-book about the Dakar "Tales From The Bivouac" | 29.03.2012 20:51 |




Dakar Rally 2013: Hungarian Opel Team - typical semi-team rallystory | 05.02.2012 01:04 |




SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Speedbrain - "The final demanding test of this year´s race". | 14.01.2012 19:35 |




















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